Thrush has taken over my life, and my countertop. I am now on a complicated regimen of prescribed meds and herbal supplements, along with my normal vitamins and fish oil that I take regularly.
For those who care about the thrush treatment, I am doing a full course of Diflucan (Fluconazole), which is 2 pills on the first day and one every subsequent day for 7 days. I’m also using a vinegar and water rinse on my nipples after every feeding, and then letting them air dry and putting on Nystatin cream. Whenever possible I allow them to be uncovered and in the open air (hello, neighbors!). I’m also taking grapefruit seed extract in pill form 3 times a day, as well as Acidophilus 3 times a day. I’m limiting dairy and sugar (which includes, sigh, WINE) and eating mostly veggies and whole grains (which I do anyway). Owen gets two squirts of liquid Nystatin in his mouth after each feeding, and I might try letting him suck some of the Acidophilus off of my finger once a day as well. I’m hoping a combo of Western meds and good old-fashioned herbal supps will kick this thing ASAP.
My other form of treatment for this awful thing? VACATION. Ok, so it just happened to fall on Columbus Day weekend, but nevertheless, Benjamin, Owen, Schnitzel and I are heading up north to New Hampshire for a little much-needed R & R. Can’t wait to introduce Owen to the White Mountains and the gorgeous foliage. Hopefully by Monday we’ll be happier and healthier.